Canada cautions against travel to other countries due to the Omicron threat.
On Wednesday, the Canadian government urged residents to stay in the country as provinces increase vaccinations against the rapidly-growing Omicron coronavirus type.
People’s discontent about the disease hampers even the efforts to ward off COVID-19.
COVID-19 cases are rising, as is the average for seven days of new cases reaching the highest level since Oct. 1.
Canadian hospitals battle to eliminate backlogs of cases that have been delayed for months. Procedures. Many exhausted staff members are ill-equipped to handle another surge in infection.
“I will say it very clear that now is not the right time to go on a trip,” health minister Jean-Yves Duclos spoke at a press conference, adding that it’s evident that there is a community-based spread in the form of Omicron within Canada.
“I know this is a pain,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed reporters while urging Canadians to adhere to public health guidelines and “be cautious during the festive season. Take your kids’ shots.”
Children between the ages of 5 and 11 had the highest infection rate among all age groups in Ontario during the two weeks that ended on Tuesday.
Ontario will begin offering a third dose of the vaccine for all older than 18 this week. The province will also be cutting the time between the third and second shots to 3 months instead of six.
The most populous province in Canada and a major source of revenue is also cutting capacity by half for indoor events with an estimated capacity of 1,000.
It includes sporting events such as concerts, concert performances, and commercial television and film production.
Canada has banned travel to 10 African countries due to fears about the new model.
The federal government advised citizens of the country in March 2020 that they should not travel internationally unless required.
It retracted the warning in October of last year. But before any first Omicron cases were identified due to the effectiveness of vaccination programs.
Peter Juni, director of Ontario’s COVID-19 advisory table for science, advised people to be aware of getting vaccinated and avoiding taking Omicron lightly.
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